GRADUATE STUDENT PROFILES
Susan Levine, 1999
"I look back at my time at Smith with so much fondness and joy. In my case I worked on one project over the course of the two years and having this time to deeply investigate my process was so enriching. I had excellent relationships with my thesis mentors Susan Waltner and Therese Freedman (MHC). I also had an incredible class... we were five people who got along famously, collaborated easily, utterly supported one another and were able to make any differences in background and focus enhancements to the overall experience. Also, the incredible ratio of faculty to students... there were eight of us total my first year and nine the next... with Susan, Rodger and Yvonne there to guide us...along with the wonderful faculty from the other colleges in the FCDD, and the broad array of adjunct faculty to boot... Seriously! It was something. I still love to stop by the campus when I'm in the Valley and wander around Crew House, Mendenhall, Josten!! I truly feel blessed by my two years at Smith."
Susan Levine's first real job after graduation was at the helm of an arts enrichment program run through Keene State College called Early College Awareness Project, which targeted at-risk middle school youth in a school district with many needs. Then in 2001 she received a two-year appointment as Assistant Professor at Fitchburg State College as Part of the Exercise and Sports Science Department. In 2004 Susan came to Nebraska on a one year appointment and and received a tenure appointement at the end of that year. At the same time, a faculty member resigned she was made department head. In addition, Susan has been able to perform and bring her work (and the Nebraska dancers) around the country and even to Vancouver, BC, Canada and Waterford, Ireland.